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Eritrea’s 1st Winter Olympian is From Canada

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BY REID FIEST | GLOBAL NEWS

Olympics are often about firsts and a young man has made history in South Korea. Shannon-Obgnai Abeda competed in his first winter games and so did the country he represents.  Continue reading Eritrea’s 1st Winter Olympian is From Canada

PETITION: End Ethiopian Occupation of Eritrean Territory

Every patriotic and peace loving Eritrean should sign this petition starting NOW.
“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effective as those who love war” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

By CECCO,

IT HAS now been 13 years since the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its verdict in the border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

On the anniversary of the verdict, Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations (CECCO) would like to remind the international community of its obligation to uphold international law and promote regional stability in the Horn of Africa.  Continue reading PETITION: End Ethiopian Occupation of Eritrean Territory

CECCO Voiced Support to The Cycling Tour for Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea

Cyclists from Eritrea, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK will ride through 8 German and 3 Swiss cities just to truth, peace, justice and Eritrea

By CECCO,

THE Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations (CECCO) would like to express its support and solidarity with European-Eritreans and the Cycling Tour event for Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea.

It has now been 13 years since the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) delivered its verdict in favour of Eritrea; The Ethiopian government however continues to violate both its treaty obligation and the final and binding verdict of the EEBC in direct and categorical violation of international law by continuing to illegally occupy territory awarded to Eritrea.

On the eve of the anniversary, 25 European-Eritreans will start a 1700 Kilometre tour starting from Gothenburg, Sweden on March 31, 2015 and ending in Geneva, Switzerland on April 13, 2015 to raise awareness and talk to media.  Continue reading CECCO Voiced Support to The Cycling Tour for Truth, Peace, Justice and Eritrea

CECCO’s Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations ( CECCO) sent a letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Hon. Stephen Harper

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

1) We are writing on behalf of the 30,000 Canadians of Eritrean descent to urge your government to take immediate action in lifting the Regulations implementing the UNSC Resolution 1907, and ease restrictions on the people of Eritrea and its Diaspora.

We are deeply concerned that government policy towards Eritrea since 2010 has not changed despite an October 2014 UN report that found no evidence linking Eritrea to the instability in Somalia. As community leaders we believe that sanctions encroach more upon the freedoms of civilian populations and particularly in our case Canadians of Eritrean origin. Continue reading CECCO’s Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Canada Appoints Non-Resident Ambassador to Eritrea

Ambassador Rossetti presenting his credentials to President Afwerki

By TesfaNews,

THE Canadian government this week appointed Mr. Dominique Rossetti, the Chargé d’affaires to Sudan, as its first non-resident ambassador to Eritrea.

Ambassador Rossetti presented his letter of credence to President Isaias Afwerki on Thursday (09).

Prior to Ambassador Dominique Rossetti’s appointment, Canada was represented by an Honorary Consul in Asmara. The Eritrean embassy in Washington DC was responsible for Canada with a consulate in Toronto. Continue reading Canada Appoints Non-Resident Ambassador to Eritrea

Eritrea: Federal Complaint Filed Against Lawyer for Lobbying Work

David Matas is a human rights lawyer who regularly speaks to the press on behalf of Eritrean refugees in Canada with out their blessing. A self-proclaimed activist?

TESFANEWS has learned that a human rights lawyer retained by the Hidmonna Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group Inc. is being investigated for allegedly failing to register as a lobbyist after a complaint was filed under Canada’s federal Lobbying Act.

Earlier this month, The Winnipeg Free Press reported that David Matas met privately with Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to press him on issues related to Eritrea. Mr. Matas’s alleged lobbying activities also include lobbying the federal government to shut down the Eritrean consulate in Toronto.

Lobbyists are required by law to be registered if they undertake to communicate with, or arrange a meeting with, a federal public office holder on behalf of a client. Continue reading Eritrea: Federal Complaint Filed Against Lawyer for Lobbying Work

Stunning Hypocrisy: Canada Threatens Closure of Eritrean Consulate Over Diaspora Tax

What John Baird and his government failed to come up was the evidence. None. Those who oppose to pay the 2% tax has never reported any incident of threat or intimidation to the police except whining on the media. Remember, innocent until proven Guilty.

By The Isaac Brock Society,

ONLY one week after ushering-in FATCA on Canada Day, Canada’s government is warning the Eritrean consulate to stop harassing Eritrean-Canadians or risk closure of its consulate. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made the announcement today in Ottawa.

Fair enough to say that this is certainly one of the most egregiously hypocritical moves the Conservative government has ever made – and there have been far too many to count over the years.

We would love to hear Mr. Baird explain to Canadians how it is acceptable for the United States to impose its infinitely more invasive extraterritorial tax laws in Canada but Eritrea’s amateur-hour 2% shakedown warrants impending closure of its consulate?  Could it be that Mr. Baird is in fact preparing a subsequent announcement that he will be ordering the immediate closure of the US Embassy as well?  Should we give him the benefit of the doubt?  Continue reading Stunning Hypocrisy: Canada Threatens Closure of Eritrean Consulate Over Diaspora Tax

CECCO: A Call For Action to Eritrean Canadians

July 8 2014 is designated as Action Day

July 8, 2014 is designated as Action Day for Eritrean Canadians. Make your voice heard by signing this Petition

By CECCO,

FOR all Canadian-Eritreans in support of the continuation of consular services via the Eritrean Consulate in Toronto and keeping services available to the public.

The Coalition of Eritrean Canadian Communities and Organizations (CECCO) is calling to action all member organizations and friends by petitioning in support of the continuation of consular services in Canada via our Eritrean Consulate in Toronto.  Continue reading CECCO: A Call For Action to Eritrean Canadians